“I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.”
– ALAN GREENSPAN, AMERICAN ECONOMIST
In recent years, the country has muddled through one of the most challenged economies since the great depression. However, amid concern over the national deficit, eroding home values, shuttered businesses, and rising costs across the board, there is a glimmer of optimism on the horizon. As of press time, economists* have reported a steady 7% climb in the stock market since the first of the year, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the nation’s unemployment rate has fallen another 1% to 8.8%.** Despite these positive reports, the country is still pulling out of a recession, and business owners should remain vigilant in their efforts to examine their budgets, cut operational costs, and work smart.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation providers are not immune from these financial concerns, as they, too, must analyze their practice expenditures, reconsider operational costs, rethink practice management approaches, and offer superior care to their clientele in the midst of budget cuts and dwindling reimbursements. But there are reasons to persevere. The therapy cap is still on hold and, according to some industry experts, a rise in retiring Boomers, improved patient access, and an increase in client referrals have allowed the physical medicine and rehabilitation industry to prevail in this economic environment.
As the recession subsides, our readership of physical medicine and rehabilitation providers can begin to think about some of the products and services they will need to keep their facilities in line with the burgeoning recovery. In this spirit, Rehab Management offers its 2011 Buyer’s Guide to provide you, the industry practitioners and decision-makers, with the necessary information to make the best possible purchasing decisions for your practices. Many of the leading manufacturers and providers of rehab tools, technologies, and services in the physical medicine and rehabilitation marketplace are only a page turn—or a click—away.
Rehab Management’s 2011 Buyer’s Guide is designed to be a valuable, year-round reference for occupational therapists, physical therapists, and the entire team of rehab professionals, for all their long-term, short-term, practice management, fitness, rehab products, and service purchasing needs during these challenging economic times.
—Rogena Schuyler Silverman
*Accessed at www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-07/consumer-comfort-in-u-s-climbs-for-second-consecutive-week.html, on April 7, 2011.
**Accessed at www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobless-claims-fall-10000-to-382000-2011-04-07?reflink=MW_news_stmp, on April 7, 2011.